What does the ending of the story "The Yellow Wallpaper" suggest about the woman behind the wallpaper?

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At the end of the story, John manages to finally open the door to the upstairs room and discovers that his mentally unstable wife is crawling on the floor in a creepy, unrecognizable manner. Before John faints, his wife says,

I've got out at last...in spite of you and Jane! And I've pulled off most of the paper, so you can't put me back! (Gilman, 10).

The narrator's comments and odd behavior suggest that the woman behind the yellow wallpaper was a reflection of herself. The woman behind the yellow wallpaper represents the narrator's repressed life and is a manifestation of her mental illness, which is a result of her postpartum depression and the "rest cure" that her husband subscribes to. Throughout the story, the narrator slowly descends into madness as she struggles to exercise her personal agency under her husband's oppressive control. John refuses to allow his wife to write, exercise, or socialize with others while insisting that she remain cooped up in the upstairs room. She begins...

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